Bush Scandals List

167. Bush coverup strategies to defeat Congressional oversight

Development of a coverup strategy to fight Congressional oversight that involves more than a little Karl Rove and obstruction of justice. In addition to the public relations campaign that there is nothing to see and they have cooperated anyway, we have

  1. Threatening witnesses (Chief of Staff to the Deputy Attorney General Michael Elston acting, he says, on Deputy Attorney General Paul McNulty’s orders to tell 3 of the 8 fired US attorneys to stay quiet or else)
  2. Preventing witnesses from testifying (Condi Rice directing Simon Dodge not to testify about his early identification of the uranium from Niger for Iraq documents as fakes and Rice’s knowledge of this as National Security Advisor)
  3. Large but incomplete docudumps that are missing key information (for example, the November 15-December 4 email gap around the time that the US attorney firings were being finalized)
  4. Attempted destruction of evidence and/or Claiming that evidence has been lost (Rove’s deleted emails, Monica Goodling’s instruction to remove older versions of files)
  5. Slow response or non-response (the failure of Rice to answer written questions; dragging out the document production process)
  6. Claims of executive privilege regardless of merit (to keep Karl Rove and Harriet Miers from testifying under oath or to block production of emails, even those on non-White House servers, and even after the assertion that Bush was not part of the firing process)
  7. Coaching of testimony known to be false by the coachers (Karl Rove and Kyle Sampson misleading Deputy Attorney General Paul McNulty into giving testimony that attorneys were fired for "performance" reasons, which Rove and Sampson knew to be false)
  8. Testifying but with severe amnesia (Gonzales, Kyle Sampson, Lurita Doan)
  9. Lying (as evidenced by Gonzales’ numerous stories, Sampson misstating his role in the attorney firings, or Victoria Toensing in defining who is and is not a covert agent)
  10. Proposing conditions that are unacceptable (not under oath, behind closed doors, no written transcript, limitations on scope of questions)
  11. Refusing to pursue contempt citations (see item 227)

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